Volunteer Service Dog Raiser

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Where The Journey Begins

Our Service Dog in Training (SDIT) Raisers Program are volunteer families who agree to welcome a future service dog into their home. These homes are where our young SDIT training and socialization takes an important turn; it is here that they become comfortable with home life, learn basic obedience, and begin to experience the world through the love an dedication of our volunteer families. We place labradors and golden retrievers. In EXTREME cases of allergies (which must be verified by a doctor), SDWR also places doodles.

SDIT raisers will be asked to take our service dogs in training everywhere—to work, out to eat, on trips, and even grocery shopping. This real-world training imitates the experiences that our service dogs need to successfully help become the best service dog possible for our clients.

The SDIT Raising Program experience requires a great deal of commitment, time, energy, and focus. It’s an unforgettable and rewarding experience, and most SDIT raisers choose to participate in the program again and again. One of the hardest parts of the program is saying goodbye to this wonderful service dog that our volunteers have helped train. But it is the fact knowing they have been called to a higher duty and are here to help assist those with invisible disabilities, which makes it all that much  more worthwhile. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for our Service Dog Raiser Program, review the FAQ’s , take our online self-assessment and submit your application. If you need further information prior to submitting an application, contact SDWR at info@sdwr.org.

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